The Gift of Joy

Everyone is quiet, looking at the wall, or their hands, avoiding eye contact, avoiding the unsaid. The ones who are experiencing their first holiday alone—without that husband, or child, or parent—it cuts deep. The group leader directs our attention to the theme “Getting through the holidays without your loved one” and asks, “Any ideas?” It would […]

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The Gift of Peace

The world is full of hurried people. Worried, distracted people with too much on their plates. When life is full, we miss the small moments. So during this Advent, I wrote my worry on a slip of paper and burned it into ash.  Finally ready to crush the serpent’s head, to tackle this problem by […]

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The Gift of Hope in Hard Times

A man runs down the street.  He feels the crush of runners around him, the sound of their feet hitting the pavement, the smell of sweat and fall leaves.  He cannot see; his blindness wraps him in a black curtain.  For thirteen miles he runs, his feet rhythmically hitting the ground like a metronome thumping […]

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